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Janet Leigh is Dead

Actress Janet Leigh died peacefully at her Beverly Hills home on Sunday.

Leigh starred in acclaimed movies in the 1940s, 50s and 60s including The Manchurian Candidate and Touch of Evil.

It was her Oscar-nominated role as the victim of a shower stabbing in Hitchcock's Psycho that made her iconic in the film world. Leigh, who wrote a book about appearing in Psycho in 1995, said she had not been able to take a shower since making Psycho.  "It's not a hype, not something I thought would be good for publicity," she said. "Honest to gosh, it's true."

Her husband Robert Brandt and daughters Kelly Curtis and Jamie Lee Curtis were at her side when she died.


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Oct. 4th, 2004 07:34 am (UTC)
Aw, that sucks. She was great.
Oct. 4th, 2004 01:06 pm (UTC)
I always forget Jamie Lee Curtis is her daughter.
Oct. 4th, 2004 03:26 pm (UTC)
That sucks.

I think i only ever saw three of her films (Psycho, Touch of Evil and The Naked Spur, with Jimmy Stewart), but she was a good actress. This only serves to reaffirm my fear of ageing. Booyah.
Oct. 4th, 2004 06:05 pm (UTC)
i'm a big fan of A TOUCH OF EVIL, though mostly for orson welles' influence. but leigh had such a nice screen presence, such grace. ah, but she lived well enough, i guess. wrote some dodgy novels at the end there, from all accounts.
Oct. 4th, 2004 06:53 pm (UTC)
Hmm... yes. I too plan to write a few dodgy novels at the end of my life. Everyone has a few dodgy novels in them, its just a matter of finding inspiration.
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